Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Burns Day/Night Celebration and giveaway: These are a few of my favorite things... about Scotland

Today, in Scotland, as like any other January 25, they are celebrating the birthday of their national poet Robert Burns. BCM is proud to be part of the first annual Team Kilt Burns Day/Night celebration hosted by authors Jeri Smith-Ready and Cyndi Tefft.

When you think of Scotland, what is the first thing you think of? Don't deny it, kilts are high on your list. I know they are definitely high on mine. Who doesn't love a good man in a kilt.

 This pic basically gives you the idea of what the outfit would look like. We are a YA blog after all. (Can anyone else totally imagine Zachary Moore from the Shade series wearing this to the prom? *swoon*)

But I digress. 

Another one of my favorite things about Scotland is the language. Granted, their language isn't much different than ours, but at the same time it is. The brogue associated with the Sottish language is a pleasure to the ear, and enough to make a Scot sound completely otherworldly. 

Along with the accent goes the words and phrases. Every culture, nationality, groups, have their own sayings/phrases words.
An example of some of my favorites:
  • Dinnae teach yer Granny tae suck eggs! - Don't try to teach someone something they already know.
  • Is the cat deid? - Has the cat died? Means your trousers are a bit short - like a flag flying at half mast.
  • Honkin', Hummin', Howlin' - Bad smell
Just to name a few. If anyone is interested in seeing where I found these, and others, go to the Discover Scotland website, and while there, take a look around and find out more about Scotland.

Another thing people think of when they hear Scotland is bagpipes. And while they are not my favorite thing to listen to for long periods of time, they do have a certain something. They produce a very distinctive sound that can never be mistaken for anything else.

What I want to know is, what is your favorite thing about Scotland? Is it the kilts? Sean Connery? Haggis?

We have a copy of The Complete Illustrated Poems, Songs, and Ballads of Robert Burns.
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment telling us what your favorite thing about/from Scotland. It could be a person, clothing, saying, food, etc. Include your name and email address, and the winner will be contacted for a mailing address. Open to US only. No P.O. Boxes please. Giveaway ends 11:59 p.m. Sunday January 29, 2012.

And don't forget to check out the rest of the blogs involved in today's Burns Day/Night festivities. You can find information HERE.


  1. I love men in kilts. I think they are very sexy. Please enter me in contest.

  2. My favorite thing is the accent. I just love hearing a man with a Scottish accent talk. It is just so sexy. Thanks for having this giveaway.


  3. My two favorite things about Scotland are kilts and Billy Connolly!! Billy Connolly in a kilt is the ultimate! LOL Thanks for the giveaway:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  4. Definitely, the accent!

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  5. My favorite thing about Scotland is Sean Connery. I enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for the giveaway.


  6. I pretty much love everything Scottish. I spent hours walking up and down the High Mile in Edinburgh, am one of the few who actually likes haggis, and even got to go to Burns' beloved Alloway. Gotta say, I'm a huge fan of his Tam o'Shanter.

    But anyhoo, this post is made of AWESOME.




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